Jeanette Aw: not so ‘huat’ at work and at home?

The actress opens up about the injuries she sustained on the set of long-form drama ‘118 Season 2’

Jeanette Aw: not so ‘huat’ at work and at home?
Jeanette Aw: not so ‘huat’ at work and at home?
11 Nov 2016

Jeanette Aw: not so ‘huat’ at work and at home?

Photos: Tammi Tan, Teo Sijia
Video: Charlene Chong

The title of long-form drama 118 may boast an auspicious-sounding set of numbers, but Season 2’s new cast member Jeanette Aw’s experiences on set – and back home – have been a little less than huat (lucky).

On October 24, the 37-year-old actress, who plays feisty gang leader Li Tai Mei, shared an Instagram post detailing her harrowing brush with a glass door panel that shattered when she pushed it. Thankfully, she escaped with just minor flesh wounds.

“I was fortunate because in that scene, I had just taken a shower so I was carrying a large towel, so the shards only left scratches and bruises on my skin,” she recounted at yesterday’s press conference. “It made me wonder if the glass panel was too fragile or if I was too strong!”

That was not Jeanette’s only accident while at work on 118 Season 2. Two days ago, she was shooting a fight sequence in a café when she stumbled while trying to leap over a countertop (which was covered in slippery substances) and injured her foot. However, she remained professional and quietly continued with her scene without kicking up a fuss. “I don’t think anyone knows I got hurt!” she chuckled.

Yet another bit of misfortune befell her just two days before the glass door disaster: while dramatically using a knife to stab a table, she got a small gash on her finger – not from the blade, but from the rough handle.

“It was difficult because it hurt whenever I held something, such as a pair of chopsticks, and (the cut) bled for days,” Jeanette winced, showing us the now-healed mark. “I have a lot of scars on my hands from making shows; they’re like souvenirs. (laughs)”

With many more episodes left to film (they’ve done about 60 out of 218), is Jeanette taking any special precautions to avoid more mishaps?

“I’ve always been careful and aware of my surroundings, but sometimes you can’t predict what will happen,” she said, adding that her assistant is always armed with a small first aid kit. “But I’m totally fine now!”

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Jeanette Aw and her onscreen father Ha Yu
Jeanette Aw and her onscreen father Ha Yu
11 Nov 2016

Jeanette Aw and her onscreen father Ha Yu

If timing had been on Jeanette’s side, she would have had a lovely, freshly refurbished home to retreat to after each day on set.

Unfortunately, what her interior designer initially said would be completed in six weeks stretched to three months, and the revamp was only finished last week when filming for 118 Season 2 was already well underway.

“After a long day of work, I have no mood to clean up, so there are boxes all over the place and I’m living in a mess,” she lamented. “I have had no time to enjoy my newly renovated place to the fullest!”

Despite the headache the house developments have been giving her, Jeanette beamed when describing its made-over look.

“The style is very clean – it used to be woody, but now it’s all marble,” she said. “I’ve thought about what I wanted ever since I moved in years ago, and now I really have them all, such as a Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom!”

But don’t expect her to throw a big housewarming party – not even for her 118 Season 2 co-stars.

“I’m a very private person and I’m not someone who likes to invite everyone over,” she explained. She also denied that the renovation was a sign of good news – e.g. marriage – in her life. “I just wanted to live in a more comfortable environment!”

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Jeremy Chan still has time for Jesseca Liu
Jeremy Chan still has time for Jesseca Liu
11 Nov 2016

Jeremy Chan still has time for Jesseca Liu

One of Jeanette’s many “victims” of violence on the show is Jeremy, who plays Liu Ya Zhou, the younger brother of Liu Ji Zhou (Bryan Wong), the 118 main family’s new neighbour. In fact, during their very first scene together, she kicked him square on the chest.

“She amazed me because she would hit the same spot over and over without missing,” he said.

The 35-year-old also shared that he is enjoying the experience of filming his first long-form drama. “You have time to flesh out a character,” he explained. “It gives me a good opportunity to hone (my acting skills).”

But have the long working hours prevented him from spending more time with his girlfriend, actress Jesseca Liu? “Not really, I think that it’s possible to make time no matter how busy you are, thanks to the advancement of technology.”

While other celebrity couples like Jeffrey Xu and Felicia Chin, as well as Shane Pow and Kimberly Wang, are very open about their relationships, Jeremy and Jesseca are notoriously low-key about theirs. “I’m not sure why – it’s just our style,” he shrugged.

When probed about future wedding plans, Jeremy repeated what Jesseca told us earlier, “My grandmother passed away a few months ago, so (according to Chinese customs), we can only get married within a hundred days (of her death), or wait at least one year. We will definitely let everyone know if there is good news, thank you for your concern.”

Elvin Ng wishes for more scenes in ‘Eat Already! 2’
Elvin Ng wishes for more scenes in ‘Eat Already! 2’
11 Nov 2016

Elvin Ng wishes for more scenes in ‘Eat Already! 2’

Fans of Elvin’s character Ah Bee in Hokkien drama Eat Already! will be happy to hear that he will be returning for the show’s second season, which airs in February 2017. Unfortunately, he will only be making a few appearances as the new season will focus on another family, and he also has 118 Season 2 on his plate.

“It’s such a shame, because I had so much fun on the show speaking Hokkien and unleashing my inner gangster,” he said. “Although I was worried about my lines at first, everything went very smoothly and it was a good learning experience.”

The actor admitted to being surprised at the programme’s popularity. “Uncles and aunties would approach me on the street and speak to me in Hokkien, and even call me Ah Bee,” he said. “A lot of them also asked if there would be a second season.”

The 35-year-old’s character in 118 Season 2, bodyguard Deng Bo, is completely different from Ah Bee. “He’s like a robot who keeps a stern, straight face all day,” he said. “It’s so tough! I went from being able to do anything I wanted as Ah Bee, to not being able to do anything at all as Deng Bo.”

However, that could change in the later seasons as he slowly opens up and falls in love with Hong Jin Zhi (Ya Hui). But whether or not they end up together is still a mystery – even to the actors themselves.

When asked if she wants her character to eventually get together with Elvin’s, Ya Hui said, “I think we’ll let the audience decide, they usually have a lot to say! And I’ll be a professional and go along with whatever they want.”

Ha Yu will miss his ‘118 Season 2’ co-stars
Ha Yu will miss his ‘118 Season 2’ co-stars
11 Nov 2016

Ha Yu will miss his ‘118 Season 2’ co-stars

The veteran Hong Kong actor, who plays Jeanette’s onscreen father Li Jin Long, may be 70 years old, but he certainly isn’t slowing down in his career. In a few days, he will wrap up his parts for 118 Season 2 and fly back to his home country to film a movie.

He will also start shooting the third season of popular TVB drama Heart of Greed in February next year. Although he has yet to receive the script, Ha Yu revealed that the new instalment will feature a family-owned cha chaan teng (restaurant).

“It’s closer to people’s hearts – I believe there isn’t a single person in Hong Kong who has never been to a cha chaan teng; it’s such an important part of Hong Kong culture,” he said.

Having spent the last two months with the 118 Season 2 cast, Ha Yu said that he will certainly miss them all when he leaves. “We saw each other every day and now they feel like my family,” he said. “Soon we will go our separate ways and I don’t know when we will see each other again, so every time I finish a scene, I feel a little sense of loss.”

Bryan Wong becomes a real-life “Angel”
Bryan Wong becomes a real-life “Angel”
11 Nov 2016

Bryan Wong becomes a real-life “Angel”

The actor-host, who can currently be seen on You Can Be an Angel 2, experienced a reel-to-real moment at the media conference when a man suddenly fainted at the back of the room.

“I don’t know what came over me, but when someone suddenly asked if anyone knows first aid, I immediately volunteered,” said the heroic 45-year-old, who underwent real medical training to prepare for the nursing drama. “Two things I paid the most attention to were how to assess a situation and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), which I’m very confident about, so I put what I learned into action.”

During the ordeal, Bryan was able to keep calm and mentally note down important details to relay to the paramedics. “Now when I look back on it, it was so scary!” he said. “But I’m so relieved because he’s doing fine now.”

And it’s all thanks to this real-life “Angel”.

Bryan Wong, Chen Tian Wen and a few others assist the fainted man
Bryan Wong, Chen Tian Wen and a few others assist the fainted man
11 Nov 2016

Bryan Wong, Chen Tian Wen and a few others assist the fainted man

The cast (plus a few crew members) of '118 Season 2'
The cast (plus a few crew members) of '118 Season 2'
11 Nov 2016

The cast (plus a few crew members) of '118 Season 2'

Ya Hui and Elvin Ng will be paired up in the new season of '118 Season 2'
Ya Hui and Elvin Ng will be paired up in the new season of '118 Season 2'
11 Nov 2016

Ya Hui and Elvin Ng will be paired up in the new season of '118 Season 2'

Jeanette Aw demonstrates the kick she gave Jeremy Chan on the show
Jeanette Aw demonstrates the kick she gave Jeremy Chan on the show
11 Nov 2016

Jeanette Aw demonstrates the kick she gave Jeremy Chan on the show

Pan Ling Ling infiltrates Elvin Ng's interview with us
Pan Ling Ling infiltrates Elvin Ng's interview with us
11 Nov 2016

Pan Ling Ling infiltrates Elvin Ng's interview with us

Dennis Chew's reaction after hearing that his dirty joke might have been broadcast on Facebook Live
Dennis Chew's reaction after hearing that his dirty joke might have been broadcast on Facebook Live
11 Nov 2016

Dennis Chew's reaction after hearing that his dirty joke might have been broadcast on Facebook Live

Chen Han Wei re-enacts a hilarious story that happened on set
Chen Han Wei re-enacts a hilarious story that happened on set
11 Nov 2016

Chen Han Wei re-enacts a hilarious story that happened on set

Ya Hui, Xu Bin, Carrie Wong and Hong Ling share a laugh at the press conference
Ya Hui, Xu Bin, Carrie Wong and Hong Ling share a laugh at the press conference
11 Nov 2016

Ya Hui, Xu Bin, Carrie Wong and Hong Ling share a laugh at the press conference

Desmond Ng, Hayley Woo and Jeremy Chan
Desmond Ng, Hayley Woo and Jeremy Chan
11 Nov 2016

Desmond Ng, Hayley Woo and Jeremy Chan

118 2 debuts November 29, 7.30pm on Channel 8.
Watch past episodes of 118 on Toggle.

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